Nova Southeastern University

3301 College Ave, Fort Lauderdale, FL

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Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a private research university that includes graduate and professional schools on its campus in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. NSU offers over 40 undergraduate degree programs, and many more graduate degree programs at the master's and doctoral levels.

NSU is known for its excellent faculty who are still actively engaged in their professional careers in the field as well as their teaching careers. NSU is also notable for the fact that more African American and Hispanic students earn their doctoral degrees there than any other university in the nation.

NSU offers excellent facilities and cutting-edge technology, and a beautiful, 300-acre campus setting.  It is nationally recognized for its graduate and professional training programs, as well as for its distance learning programs, with field-based programs located in Florida and 23 states, as well as in a number of international sites.


Nova Southeastern University was founded in 1964 as "Nova University." It began as a very small school focusing primarily on the physical and social sciences.  In 1994, Nova University merged with Southeastern University of Health Sciences and became Nova Southeastern University. The school has grown to become the nation's seventh largest independent university, and its programs now include law, education, business computer science, oceanography, medicine, pharmacy, optometry, and more.


Nova Southeastern University's academic calendar follows the semester format, with fall and winter semesters.  Summer classes are available.

Colleges, Schools and Centers

  • Center for Psychological Studies
  • College of Allied Health and Nursing
  • College of Dental Medicine
  • College of Medical Sciences
  • College of Optometry
  • College of Osteopathic Medicine
  • College of Pharmacy
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences
  • Fischler School of Education and Human Services
  • Graduate School of Computer and Information Sciences
  • Graduate School of Humanities and Social Sciences
  • H. Wayne Huizenga School of Business and Entrepreneurship
  • Human Services Unit
  • Mailman Segal Center for Human Development
  • Oceanographic Center
  • Shepard Broad Law Center
  • University School

In addition to its colleges, schools and centers, NSU has several research and professional education institutes that include:

  • Brief Therapy Institute
  • Criminal Justice Institute
  • The Eye Institute
  • Guy Harvey Research Institute
  • Hudson Institute of Entrepreneurship and Executive Education
  • Huizenga Sales Institute
  • International Institute for Franchise Education
  • The Language Institute
  • Lifelong Learning Institute
  • National Coral Reef Institute
  • Rumbaugh-Goodwin Institute for Cancer Research

Student Life

More than 70 student clubs and organizations are available on the NSU campus.  There is also a strong student government program, several active fraternities and sororities, and intramural sports, among other activities.  More information about how to get involved in a campus program is available at the NSU Office of Student Leadership and Civic Engagement.

In addition, the Campus Recreation Department offers many on-campus fitness and wellness classes such as spinning and Pilates, among others.

Student housing is available on campus, all rooms with private bathrooms and wireless Internet service, and there are many on-campus dining services available as well.


The "Sharks" athletic teams of Nova Southeaster University compete in 17 intercollegiate sports, with 10 women's and 7 men's teams that include:

Men's Sports:

  • Baseball
  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Soccer
  • Swimming and Diving
  • Track and Field

Women's Sports:

  • Basketball
  • Cross Country
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming & Diving
  • Tennis
  • Track and Field
  • Volleyball

Satellite Campuses

In addition to its main, Fort Lauderdale-Davie Campus in Florida, NSU has satellite campuses at the following locations:

  • East Campus, Fort Lauderdale, FL (six miles from the main campus)
  • Oceanographic Center Campus, Dania Beach, FL
  • North Miami Beach Campus, North Miami Beach, FL

In addition to its satellite campuses, NSU has several "Student Education Centers" that allow students to study through a combination of online learning, video conferencing and onsite access to NSU staff and learning resources.  NSU has Student Education Centers in the following locations:

  • Nassau, Bahamas
  • Fort Myers, FL
  • Jacksonville, FL
  • Miami, FL
  • Miramar, FL
  • Orlando, FL
  • Palm Beach, FL
  • Tampa, FL

Community Life

South Florida has a very warm, temperate climate that makes it easy to enjoy outdoor recreation. The areas around NSU offer opportunities to enjoy hiking, biking fishing, boating, windsurfing and concerts and festivals.  There are beaches, or the Florida Everglades, within 15-30 minutes of the main campus.  Many sports arenas, restaurants, shopping spots and entertainment venues are available in the area.

Admission Requirements & Details

The admission details below may provide a better idea of the students Nova Southeastern University accepts. The details may include application requirements and recommendations, as well as any AP or college credits that may be transferred.

College Credits Accepted

  • Dual Credits
  • Life Experience Credits
  • AP Course Credits

Student Enrollment

The total student enrollment at Nova Southeastern University is about 23,000, with undergraduate students making up about 20% of the total student population and graduate students making up the rest.

Estimated Costs & Financial Aid

The items listed below are for informational purposes only and may not represent current tuition, fees, and expenses.

Tuition & Fees Information

  • Annual tuition is estimated to range between $27,000-$32,000 for both in-state and out-of-state students
  • Part time students pay in the range of $900 to $1,100 per unit
  • May offer prepaid tuition rates, allowing tuition to be purchased at current rates for future enrollment.

Financial Aid Details

The financial aid table below details the types of financial aid, along with the percent of students receiving aid, and on average the amount of aid per student per year.

 Percent of StudentsAverage Amount
Any Financial Aid98%-
Receiving Grants & Scholarships97%$18,248
Receiving Student Loans47%$8,244

Academics & Student Services

Student Services

To support students and graduates, Nova Southeastern University may offer services like:

  • Online course work available
  • Remedial courses
  • Academic counseling for students
  • Student employment

Graduation Rates

Nova Southeastern University has an overall graduation rate which is approximately 40%.

Number of Year to GraduatePercent of Entering Class
Students Graduating in 4 Years25%
Graduating in 5 Years12%
Graduating in 6 Years3%

Specialized Programs & Accreditations

Campus: Nova Southeastern University

  • Clinical Audiology (Au.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Ph.D.) Program
  • Clinical Psychology (Psy.D.) Program
  • Endodontics Program
  • Law Program (more info)
  • Bachelor's Degree in Nursing (BSN) Program (more info)
  • Nursing (MSN, DSN) Program (more info)
  • Occupational Therapy (OT) Program (more info)
  • Optometry (O.D.) Program (more info)
  • Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Program
  • Orthodontics & Dentofacial Orthopedics Program
  • Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) Program (more info)
  • Pediatric Dentistry Program
  • Periodontics Program
  • Pharmacy (Pharm. D.) Program (more info)
  • Prosthodontics Program
  • Graduate Level Public Health (Outside School of Public Health) Program (more info)
  • Elementary and Secondary School Teacher Education Program (more info)

Campus: North Miami Beach Campus

  • Speech-Language Pathology Program
    • * Accredited by the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association, Council on Academic Accreditation in Audiology and Speech-Language Pathology (since 1990)

Intercollegiate Athletics

Nova Southeastern University is a Member of National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA), with many of the sports being in the NCAA Division II (without football) classification. The most popular sports played are listed below:

  • Baseball (Sunshine State Conference)
  • Basketball (Sunshine State Conference)
  • Track and Field (Sunshine State Conference)
  • Golf
  • Rowing
  • Soccer
  • Softball
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Volleyball

Programs Offered

The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.

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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)

Biological and Biomedical Sciences

Business and Marketing Studies

Communications and Journalism

Computer and Information Sciences


English Language and Literature

Family and Consumer Sciences

Health and Clinical Professions


Interdisciplinary Studies

Legal Professions and Studies

Liberal Arts and Sciences

Mathematics and Statistics

Natural Resources and Conservation

Philosophy and Religious Studies

Physical Sciences


Public Administration and Social Services

Recreation and Fitness Studies

Security and Protective Services

Social Sciences

Visual and Performing Arts

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Information displayed on this page has been obtained from Institution, State, and Federal data sources, including the US Dept. of Education's Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS) Survey 2010-2016. Information should be solely used for informational purposes only and may not be accurate for the current year. Contact Nova Southeastern University for official up-to-date information.

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